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Last updated: 10/02/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Los Vados Canyon House is unique in the Moab area: an elegant, intimate creekside home in the desert; a remote place of solitude with many of the comforts of home. A place where you can - literally from the door - mountain bike, hike and explore petroglyphs. Or simply unwind by the pool.

Just 15 miles from the town of Moab, Utah, Los Vados Canyon House is next to a creek flowing year-round through a spectacular red rock canyon. Los Vados, 'the crossings,' refers to the three creek fords required to reach this end-of-the-road retreat.

Los Vados Canyon House is an intimate 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home surrounded by thousands of acres of untouched red rock cliffs and mesas. Our seven acres sits at the end of a canyon that contains only one other home - a mile away. No road goes through the Los Vados property, though a small herd of cattle amble through twice a year on their way to and from grazing land. To reach Los Vados, you must pass through two locked ranch gates and cross Mill Creek, the only creek in the area running year-round. This (as well as the dirt road leading through the canyon) requires a 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle.

Designed by a San Francisco architect and designer and completed in 1998, Los Vados Canyon House is one of only two houses in Utah included in Weekend Houses (Chronicle Books, 2000), which features beautifully designed weekend homes throughout the U.S.

IMPORTANT TO READ PRIOR TO INQUIRY: Three night minimum even if calendar shows fewer days available. Check in is between 4 and 4:30 p.m.; late arrivals cannot be accommodated. No children under 10 years, and those over 10 must be able swimmers. A 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicle is a must. No pets except service dogs. House accommodates 4 guests, tent cabin 2 additional guests (it has no heat). No smoking in the house. No discharging of firearms on property. No open fires. (House has two fireplaces and BBQ.) No off-roading in canyon. Home and canyon are off grid and do not have reliable cell service. Nearest reliable cell service is 10 minute drive. No discounts. Canyon is full of critters. Please see our website's online calendar for

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    10 years. Must be swimmers....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Unfenced pool, patio without rails and drop-offs into cactus, fast moving creek, fire-starters, heavy objects on shelves, etc....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Trained service animals allowed....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Detached Unit


  • The master bedroom has one queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom and the tent cabin each have a pair of twin-sized beds that can be used as twins or made up as a king (i.e., pushed together with a foam 'bridge' between them, as you often find in hotels in Europe). ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • To city folk: Our home is off the grid. There are certain outdoor skills needed for a comfortable and safe stay. For example, you need to be able to drive on a dirt road, through creeks, and be able to find your way without signs and GPS. (The caretaker will show you into the property when you first arrive.) You need to know about not crossing high water in a car. You need to know about what to do if you encounter an animal or bugs. Although you will generally enjoy solitude, a maintenance or service person may have to make a call during your stay or a rancher or hiker may come through. We will try to notify you in advance of workers, but there is no reliable cell/email service in the canyon. You may have to conserve energy and understand instructions for a pellet stove, swamp cooler, and resetting the generator if needed. Rarely there is a flash flood and you have to wait it out inside or (this has happened twice in 10 years), wait it out on higher ground...moreless


  • Books:

    Great selection of books. Owner a former publisher ......moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Seems most of our DVDs and videos are classics ......moreless

  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    One of only two homes (the other a mile away) in a private red rock desert canyon with a creek running through it. A 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is required to get to and from the home....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Dining area off kitchen seats 4; outdoor dining table seats 6. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Swamp cooler. We turn it on approximately mid-June. It is not an air conditioner and does not deliver hotel-type cold air. ...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    The house is off the grid and uses solar power, so energy conservation is often required. We have a clothesline if you prefer....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    We have a fireplace in the living room and on the outdoor patio. No other fires or open flames permitted. ...moreless

  • Heating:

    Radiant heating in floor and a pellet stove in master bedroom....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    We limit occupancy to 6 because this is a cozy small home. If it's cold out, 6 in the living room can be a squeeze....moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Cell phone service is spotty in the canyon but good about 10 minutes away. Verizon phones sometimes receive and send messages from the kitchen counter but don't count on it....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Some Verizon phones pick up service at the gate, a 5 minute walk away, and sometimes receive texts in the kitchen....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    The house is off the grid and on a well. Not all water sources can be running at once....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Spotty service at random places in canyon. Reliable service 10 minutes away at a cattle grate. Free internet is available in town, a 15-20 minute drive....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker:

    Stove top espresso pot, percolator, and small espresso machine. Filters and holder for individual serving drip coffee....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, barware, cooking pots and pans. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Salt and pepper, random spices left behind by guests, olive oil and balsamic vinegar....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    New Wolf gas stove....moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool:

    Unfenced, unheated. Children under 10 years old are not permitted and all guests must be able to swim. We open the pool in May depending on weather. We cannot guarantee the date it will be open....moreless



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3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning Fee $140 + tax
  • Tent Cabin Nightly $40 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10.2%


Please note that 2015 rates will be $325 per night plus a cleaning fee.

Tent cabin rental is $40 (plus tax) per night for total number of nights you rent the house. The tent cabin is NOT rented out separately from the house.

$250 credit card deposit is required to hold the reservation. It is returned at the end of the month of your check out if the house and grounds are left in good condition. The nightly rate is due 60 days before arrival. See website for cancellation policy.

There is a 5% surcharge for credit card payments. We gladly accept your checks if you would like to defer this fee.

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Last updated: 10/02/2015
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Car: Necessary

It's just a short drive to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks as well as State Parks and the National Forest.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Susan grew up in Utah, Dave in Arizona. We love the desert and its solitude and also having a lot of outdoor activities to do ... or not to do!

Why the Owner Chose Moab:
We fell in love with this house and canyon because of its spectacular setting: in a red-rock canyon, on a creek lined with cottonwood trees. It is quiet and tranquil, yet just minutes away from Moab, with its restaurants and shops, and close to Arches National Park and Canyonlands.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Tranquility: a place to relax, read and enjoy the stars, red-rock and petroglyphs, or to mountain bike, jeep and explore. (Biking and jeep trails are close by, outside this private canyon, which contains only one other house besides ours, a mile away.)

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Speaks: english, spanish



  • Fall Colors

    Fall Colors

  • Lounge by the Creek

    Lounge by the Creek

  • Anasazi Rock Art

    Anasazi Rock Art

  • Enjoy a cool dip in the pool with a view!

    Enjoy a cool dip in the pool with a view!

  • Enjoy the evening by the fire in the outdoor veranda

    Enjoy the evening by the fire in the outdoor veranda

  • The canyon is beautiful year round.

    The canyon is beautiful year round.

  • Winter at Los Vados

    Winter at Los Vados

  • Veranda


  • Private Canyon

    Private Canyon

  • Adventure close by!

    Adventure close by!

  • Year round creek runs through the canyon

    Year round creek runs through the canyon

  • The cottonwoods provide plenty of shade in the summer.

    The cottonwoods provide plenty of shade in the summer.

  • View of the back porch in fall.

    View of the back porch in fall.

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Saturday, November 21, 2015

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